Reid to Cruz: “My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully”

posted at 8:41 pm on May 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Yes, because goodness knows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has never thrown a political punch below the belt in the course of his career. Via The Hill:

The two senators bickered as Cruz rose to object to Reid’s motion to appoint conferees to a House-Senate budget committee. …

He said Cruz’s request to eliminate all taxes in a final House-Senate budget was absurd.

“The senator from Texas was on the losing side…now he wants us to adopt the losing side’s view or we cannot go to conference,” Reid said.

“My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully,” Reid added.

“He pushes everybody around and is losing and instead of playing the game according to the rules, he not only takes the ball home with him, but he changes the rules that way no one wins except the bully who tries to indicate to people that he has won.”

Cruz, a Tea Party darling whose rhetoric has sometimes raised eyebrows among Republicans, shot back that “I wasn’t aware we are in the schoolyard.”

Reid cut him off saying “enough.”

Heh. Sen. Reid simply couldn’t bring himself to understand how it is that Republicans could possibly blocking an effort to go to conference on the budget — although Sen. Cruz’s concern was that the non-filibusterable conference report could be used to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and he was asking that Reid amend his motion to go to conference to classify any provisions raising taxes and/or the debt ceiling as out of order before proceeding further — hence the apt display of schoolyard-style petulance.

Funny you should mention that though, Sen. Reid. Over the weekend, longtime Democratic strategist James Carville said of Sen. Cruz: “I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years. … And this guy has no fear. He just keeps plowing ahead. And he is going to be something to watch.”

To which Sen. Cruz responded on Fox News this afternoon that he was flattered by Carville’s kind comments, but to all of his haters out there, it’s just a little amusing that “a number of people have criticized me on the grounds of civility and, in particular, have insulted me while doing so,” no?


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“I wasn’t aware we are in the schoolyard…”

Perfect. If Reid’s ad hominem comment merits any response at all, that would be it.

petefrt on May 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Now if Bammy really was born in Kenya, it would be hidden.

Badger40 on May 7, 2013 at 8:23 AM

It’d really only be scandalous because then he would have lied about where he was born, which would raise other questions – like whether he forsook his US citizenship when he lived and attended that madrasa in Indonesia and whether he went to Occidental, Columbia and Harvard on foreign student aid, carried an Indonesian passport, etc.

Neither Cruz nor Obama were naturalized as Americans, which means they’re natural born. However, in the case of Obama, I’m not sure if whether he threw off his US citizenship and later regained it affects his eligibility.

crrr6 on May 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

……says the schoolyard bully who got socked in the jaw for the first time in his life.

itsspideyman on May 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Cruz to Reid:

My friend from Nevada is a bed wetter

jake-the-goose on May 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Now if Bammy really was born in Kenya, it would be hidden.

Badger40 on May 7, 2013 at 8:23 AM

It’d really only be scandalous because then he would have lied about where he was born, which would raise other questions – like whether he forsook his US citizenship when he lived and attended that madrasa in Indonesia and whether he went to Occidental, Columbia and Harvard on foreign student aid, carried an Indonesian passport, etc.

Neither Cruz nor Obama were naturalized as Americans, which means they’re natural born. However, in the case of Obama, I’m not sure if whether he threw off his US citizenship and later regained it affects his eligibility.

crrr6 on May 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

It matters where Obama was born because Obama’s mom did not meet residency requirements to confer citizenship on Obama if he was born outside the US. If only one parent is a US citizen, they must have resided physically in the US for 5 years, at least 2 of which after the age of 14. Obama’s mom was a US citizen, but did not meet residency requirements so Obama had to be born in the US to be born a citizen.

Cruz’s mother is a US citizen and met residency requirements at the time of Cruz’s birth so it doesn’t matter where Cruz was born, he was born a citizen.

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Cruz to Reed. “I drink your milkshake”!

ronsfi on May 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Ted Cruz is wonderful. Love this man.

bluegill on May 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

He’s an obnoxious blustering blow hard. I doubt he will get reelected in texas.

rubberneck on May 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

…and as we all know, rubberdick is a reel expert in Texas politics. So y’all be afraid now.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I saw Senator Cruz this past weekend at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.
He speech was outstanding. He is a gifted speaker and very intelligent. I’m proud to have voted for him!!!!!!!!!

Fazman on May 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Ted Cruz is wonderful. Love this man.

bluegill on May 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Do you really sesquipedalien?

tom daschle concerned on May 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully

Cruz isn’t your “friend” and you aren’t his “friend”, Dingy. Leastwise, that’d better be the case.

And, Dingy, you should know schoolyard bully, just look in any mirror.

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I LOVE the Senator from Texas

mmcnamer1 on May 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

The real school yard bullies are Reid and his thugs. They just hate it when someone like Cruz comes along and doesn’t tuck tail and quiver!
You go Cruz! We are proud of you.

SgtRed on May 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Harry Reid was still being stuffed in his locker when he was a senior.

Wethal on May 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM

By freshmen girls!

Liam on May 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM
VorDaj on May 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

But it was the freshman girls softball team, and since they’re all lesbians-in-waiting, the locker stuffing was celebrated as “pride”.

Nutstuyu on May 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM

A picture speaks a thousand words.
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http://www.dingyharry.com/

diogenes on May 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

If Harry Reid knows one thing, and one thing only, it’s schoolyard bullying.

Cylor on May 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Why even bother calling him your “friend” dipstick?…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Speaking of which, did Harry Reid ever respond to the charges that he was a member of NAMBLA?

Spade on May 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Speaking of which, did Harry Reid ever respond to the charges that he was a member of NAMBLA?

Spade on May 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Of course not, he simply refuses to address those rumors.

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

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